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Apollo Beach woman killed in single-vehicle accident in Clearwater


Driver is killed in single-vehicle rollover wreck

An Apollo Beach woman died early Sunday after she lost control of her vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Silvia Ratton, 21, was driving a Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle east about 2:45 a.m. on Ulmerton Road approaching 40th Street N when she lost control, the patrol said. The SUV overturned several times and left the road, striking a sign and a light pole. Ratton, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle, the patrol said. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is under investigation.


Pregnant woman shot; man nabbed

Polk County sheriff's deputies have arrested a man accused of shooting a Plant City woman who is four months pregnant. Tamesha Miles, 25, was sitting in her car outside a Lakeland house on Oct. 30 when a man began firing shots, deputies said. Miles was struck five times in the thigh, torso, hip and pelvic area. She was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where she and the unborn child remain in critical but stable condition. Deputies identified the shooter as 37-year-old Terry Lee Thomas of Lakeland. Thomas was arrested Saturday on charges including attempted murder. Deputies said Thomas has been arrested in Polk County 33 times since 1990. They said he's a suspect in a killing. He was held in jail without bail. Deputies also arrested another man in the incident, 26-year-old Kelvin Hall of Lakeland, on drug charges.


House fire put out, causes no injuries

Electrical problems may have caused a house fire Sunday, according to Tampa Fire Rescue. A crew put out the flames at 2116 W Nassau St. about 12:45 p.m. No injuries were reported. The house suffered moderate damage.

St. Petersburg

Two detained after fleeing deputies

Deputies are investigating an incident that led to a driver fleeing authorities before crashing Saturday night. According to deputies, two people entered a convenience store at 100th Way N near Bay Pines Boulevard about 9 p.m. and acted suspiciously. A Chevrolet Blazer driven by one of the suspects failed to stop when deputies tried to pull it over and struck a utility pole near 13th Avenue and Tyrone Boulevard. The Blazer, which wasn't owned by the suspects, sideswiped a deputy's cruiser during the pursuit, deputies said. No one was injured. Tyree Dudley, 18, was arrested on numerous charges, including aggravated assault with a vehicle, felony fleeing and eluding, and driving with a suspended or revoked license. A 17-year-old male was also detained.

Today's picks

Pasco County

Card party and salad bar: Noon to 3 p.m., St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, parish hall, 5326 Charles St., New Port Richey. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. $6. (727) 372-9546.

Ed Salmon's String Band: 4-8:30 p.m., Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Includes sandwich, doughnut and coffee for $3. (727) 863-2520.

Today's meeting

Pasco County

Zephyrhills City Council, 6 p.m., City Hall, 5335 Eighth St.

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